Harry #1: J.K. Rowling's First of 12 Harry Potter Short Stories Takes Us To Cokesworth.
In case you already forgot, Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling is giving us 12 new short stories in the 12 days leading up to Christmas. She's already revealed the first one, which was available to members of Pottermore (sign up now!) who could answer this riddle:
"In a house on Spinner's End, a meeting takes place, a mother begs help for her son, tears on her face. Agreeing to help, though he doesn't know how. Which potions master performs an unbreakable vow?"
Sounds easy? Not really. You have to type in "Professor Snape" and not "Snape" or "Severus Snape" in order to get to the story.
You'll then be taken back to the fictional town of Cokeworth—the place where Petunia, Lily, and Severus grew up together. The town is involved in 2 more events, although it wasn't said specifically in the books. One was during the Dursleys' escape with Harry to flee the flood of Hogwarts admissions letters. Two was that time Narcissa and Bellatrix visited Snape to do the Unbreakable Vow, wherein Snape promised to protect Draco.
Fasten your seatbelts, Potterheads, because a new short story from J.K. might be appearing online anytime soon.
Harry #2: One Direction's Harry Styles was named Boy of the Year of the Girl.
Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone wrote an article on why almost everyone loves and knows One Direction cutie, Harry Styles. "2014 is the Year of the Girl, and Harry is the Boy of the Year of the Girl. Nobody else comes close," he wrote. And why shouldn't he be given that title? Remember all the headlines written about him this year? From the puking incident (a few fans even wanted to sell the puke on Ebay!) to what he thought of Taylor Swift writing about him to getting new tattoos to his confident and self-secured response to what they look for in a date, Harry's stayed calm and collected through all of those things.
"The strain of the pop hustle never leaves a mark on him. He has all the flash, without the neurotic wear and tear...the more famous he gets, the more mysterious he seems. He just glides through it all, with a hint of Brian Jones lunacy in his cracked grin," the author said in the article.
We couldn't have said it better. Yup, that's our Harry. We can't help but feel proud.
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